Call Of The Card raises over $34k for the Trust
The annual Call Of The Card event has raised over $34,000 for injured jockeys through just two items.
Signed racing colours and breeches from “Ride Like a Girl” attracted huge interest making $22,500, with Cox Plate jockey breeches personally signed by all jockeys who competed in WINX’s record-breaking 2018 Cox Plate adding another $12,000 to a momentous result.
The cast of Ride Like a Girl together with Michelle Payne and most of the Payne family have signed the racing colours worn by Teresa Palmer during the making of the movie.
Ride Like a Girl, featuring Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Stevie Payne (as himself), Mick Molloy, Genevieve Morris, Brooke Satchwell, Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski, Zara Zoe and Sophia Forrest, celebrates the triumphs and challenges of Michelle Payne’s career in the saddle, culminating with her historic 2015 Melbourne Cup on Prince of Penzance.
100% of the proceeds from this item will support the National Jockeys Trust, the charity that supports injured jockeys and their families in need of assistance as a result of injury and illness. The National Jockeys Trust is indebted to film makers Rachel Griffths, Richard Keddie and to Susie Montague for supporting the donation of such a unique item.
Champion jockey Hugh Bowman’s ongoing support of the National Jockeys Trust is remarkable, and he generously donated his riding breeches signed by all eight jockeys who rode in Winx’s record breaking fourth Cox Plate victory in 2018.
The breeches carry the signatures of Hugh Bowman, international riding legends Ryan Moore and Oisin Murphy, as well as local stars in Kerrin McEvoy, Damian Lane, Glyn Schofield and John Allen and New Zealand leading jockey, Chris Johnson.
“The Call of the Card is one of the most prestigious and sought after ticketed events held over the Melbourne Cup Carnival. At Crown we are extremely proud to host this event and, in particular, of showing our ongoing support of the National Jockeys Trust,” said Ann Peacock, General Manager of Community & Charity, Crown Resorts.
Ride Like A Girl Director Rachel Griffiths, producer Richard Keddie & Susie Montague said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to support Australia's amazing jockeys and their families through the donation of the silks worn by Teresa Palmer for the making of the movie. The silks are signed by many of the cast and by Michelle and Stevie Payne and nearly all members of the amazing Payne family”
“We are very grateful to the AJA and the many jockeys who contributed enormously to the success of the movie.”
“Jockeys, female and male are some of the bravest hardest working Australians and they richly deserve all the support we can give them.”
“We hope this prized auction item helps their wonderful work.”
Since 2004, The National Jockeys Trust (NJT) has provided more than $4 million in assistance to more than 290 current and former jockeys and the families of jockeys.
• Sadly, 890 Australian Jockeys have been killed in race falls since 1847.
• More than a third of Australia’s 860 jockeys are involved in accidents every year
• 89% of jockeys will have a fall that requires medical assistance during their career.
• 9% of jockeys have fallen more than 20 times during their careers.
• Each year 40% of jockeys have a fall that prevent them from riding for an average of 5 weeks or more
• A number of jockeys will suffer permanent disability each year.
• Injury, illness or death can cause serious financial hardship to jockeys and their families and although insurances have improved over the year there are still any number of riders that fall between the cracks as they battle to cope with injuries and illness.
The Call of the Card is held each year in the Palladium at Crown on Melbourne Cup Eve where Melbourne's biggest betting bookmakers take the first official bets for the race that stops a nation.
National Jockeys Trust thanks Crown Resorts and Call of the Card organisers for their on-going support of the Trust at this event, along with the Payne family, Ride Like A Girl producers and cast, and Hugh Bowman for their generosity.